Louis II "le Bègue" CAROLING, King of the West Franks 1
- Born: 1 Nov 846, France
- Married (1): Mar 862
- Married (2): Feb 875
- Died: 10 Apr 879, Compiègne, Oise, France
- Buried: église collégiale Saint-Corneille, Compiègn, Oise, France
Called "The Stammerer" (le Bègue)
The Genealogica Arnulfi Comitis names (in order) "Hludovicum Karolum Karlomannum et Hlotharium" as the four sons of "Karolus imperator…ex Hyrmentrudi regina". His father awarded him the duchy of Mans and part of Neustria and arranged his betrothal in Feb 856, from which time he seems to have received the title king.
Betrothed (Feb 856, contract broken end 857) to --- de Bretagne, daughter of Erispoe King of Brittany and his wife ---. The Annales Bertiniani record the betrothal of "Respogio Brittone…filiam eius" and "Karlus rex…filio suo Ludoico" in early 856.
He was expelled from Brittany after the rebellion which followed the murder of King Erispoé, and sought refuge with his father. He was suspected of having helped his sister Judith elope with Comte Baudouin and was obliged to flee in 861. He revolted against his father in 862, the revolt being instigated by the Rorgonid family. He was pardoned by his father, given the county of Meaux in 862, and entrusted with the governorship of the whole of Neustria with the title king in 865. The latter appointment was removed from him in the following year. His father invested him as Comte d'Autun in 866. He was installed as King of Aquitaine in Mar 867, following the death of his brother Charles.
He succeeded his father in 877 as LOUIS II "le Bègue" King of the West Franks, and LUDWIG III King of West Lotharingia, crowned at Compiègne 8 Dec 877 and at Troyes 7 Sep 878 by Pope John VIII.
The Gesta Francorum records the death "879 III Id Apr…apud Compendium…palatium" of "Hludowicus Karoli regis filius" and his burial in the same place. The Annales Fuldenses record the death "879 III Id Apr apud Compendium" of "Hludowicus, Karoli regis filius" and his burial in the same place. The necrology of the abbey of Saint-Denis records the death "III Id Apr" of "Ludovicus rex". The necrology of Saint-Germain-des-Prés records the death  “III Kal Apr” of “domni Luduvici regis”. 2
Louis married Ansgardis DE NEUSTRIE, daughter of Hardouin DE NEUSTRIE Count in Neustria and Warimburg, in Mar 862. (Ansgardis DE NEUSTRIE died on 2 Nov 880-882.)
Louis also married Adelais D' ANGOULÊME Queen of the Franks, daughter of Adalhard D' ANGOULÊME Count of Paris and Unknown, in Feb 875. (Adelais D' ANGOULÊME Queen of the Franks was born between 855 and 860 in Paris, Île-de-France, France, died on 18 Nov 901 and was buried in église abbatiale Saint-Corneille, Compiègne, Oise, France.)